September 27, 2015

The Pope – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

For the past several days, Americans have been inundated (virtually nothing else on Fox News) with indefensible, extravagant, preposterous, propaganda regarding the “Pope.” Amazed Arkansans need to become aware the powerful, pervasive influence that Catholic thinking exerts on many parts of our homeland. In our part of the country, considerably less than 5% are Catholic. The percentage is well above 25% in the North East, North Central, southern Louisiana, southern Texas, southern California and most of New Mexico.

The phenomenon we are observing may be easier to comprehend if we understand more about what the Catholic Church thinks of the Pope.

Outlandish Claims

The New York Catholic Catechism, under the heading: “Pope,” says:

“The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth…by divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock. is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians. He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by one, God himself on earth.”

In his encyclical, “The Reunion of Christendom,” Pope Leo XIII stated that the pope holds…

“upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”

According to Wikipedia, “the Council of Trent, held between 1545 and 1563 in Trento (Trent) and Bologna, northern Italy, was one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most important ecumenical councils.” The Council of Trent declared:

“Sitting in that chair in which Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, sat to the close of life, the Catholic Church recognizes in his person the most exalted degree of dignity, and the full jurisdiction not based on constitutions, but emanating from no less authority than from God Himself. As the Successor of St. Peter and the true and legitimate Vicar of Jesus Christ, he therefore, presides over the Universal Church, the Father and Governor of all the faithful, of Bishops, also and of all other prelates, be their station, rant, or power, what they may be.”

The Catholic book, “My Catholic Faith” which is based on the Baltimore Catechism, on page 251, says,

“The Pope can make and unmake laws for the entire Church; his authority is supreme and unquestioned. Every bishop, every priest, every member of the Church is subject to him.”

Jesus Himself spoke about religious titles and commanded…

“Do not call anyone on earth your father [Pope]; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9-12)

We are continually exposed to such terms used to address the “Pope;” including the “Supreme Pontiff,” the “Holy Father.” Never was such terminology used of mere man in the New Testament. The term “Holy Father” is used once in God’s word. Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane when He says,

“…Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.” (John 17:11)

Outlandish Titles

For a mere man to assume the authority and titles which belong only to God, is the height of arrogance and blasphemy.

Jesus was charged by the Sanhedrin when He justified the accusation that He was the Son of God.

“Then the high priest tore his robes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;’” (Matthew 26:65)

This reaction is appropriate and justified if Jesus was not the Son of God. His miracles, especially His resurrection, as well as hundreds of fulfilled prophecies unmistakably prove the validity of His claim. The sentence of death would be justified, without such proof.

“You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.” (Mark 14:64)

Can the Pope justify his outlandish claims? He will not. He cannot, nor does he lower his arrogant dignity to try. The claims are thoroughly refuted by scripture.1  The appropriate attitude is not the fawning, kowtowing reverence paid by the media. The Apostle John, in the book of Revelation, correctly described such conduct as…

“the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of  Satan.”

1 DVD entitled “Catholicism” is available upon request.

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